All Times Eastern.
Friday, Jan. 13
Discovery Channel, 10pm
This new survival adventure series dares six participants to make it through six distinctly grueling landscapes across South America. With every turn of the wheel, each survivalist is dropped into a new isolated location, exposed to the world’s deadliest terrains, including freezing tundra, rugged mountains and treacherous rainforest. Participants don’t know when or why the wheel will turn — nor that their stint at each spot is determined by the rotation of the moon. Equipped only with light survival packs and SOS devices that can be used at any time to quit the challenge and call for help, they must fend for their lives by procuring food, water and shelter. And when the wheel turns again, they will be thrust into a new location, forced to use a completely different set of skills to survive.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Neil Patrick Harris headlines this eight-episode series adaptation of the best-selling books by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler). Harris plays Count Olaf, the evil guardian of Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny Baudelaire who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Patrick Warburton costars as Lemony Snicket, with Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
An NBA doubleheader on ESPN has Al Horford and the Boston Celtics at Dwight Howard’s Atlanta Hawks, followed by the Detroit Pistons at the Utah Jazz.
Grimm: “Trust Me Knot”
Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Wu (Reggie Lee) find a solution to stop Renard (Sasha Roiz) while Nick (David Giuntoli) is still on the run. Adalind (Claire Coffee) receives a phone call that throws her into the middle of everything. Back at the spice shop, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) adventure in babysitting takes an interesting turn when Diana (guest star Hannah R. Loyd) demonstrates her power.
Great Performances: “Bel Canto the Opera”
Experience composer Jimmy López and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s operatic adaptation of Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel inspired by a true-life hostage crisis in the 1990s in Lima, Peru. With soprano Danielle de Niese.
Saturday, Jan. 14
CBS, ESPN2, FOX & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live
Some of the nation’s top teams are in action with big matchups this Saturday. Highlights include Connecticut at Georgetown (FOX), Villanova at St. John’s (FS1), Texas A&M at Mississippi State (CBS), Xavier at Butler (FS1) and Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga (ESPN2).
NFL Playoffs: Divisional Playoffs
CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 4:30pm Live
The road to Super Bowl LI in Houston continues with the divisional playoffs Saturday and Sunday on CBS, FOX and NBC. Saturday has the Seattle Seahawks at the Atlanta Falcons on FOX, followed by the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots on CBS. Sunday has the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs on NBC, followed by the Green Bay Packers at the Dallas Cowboys on FOX. The four winners advance to the conference championship games on Jan. 22.
A Royal Winter
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
When Maggie Marks faces a tough career decision, she flees to Europe for some soul-searching and sightseeing with a friend. There she encounters a handsome European playboy prince and finds herself in a world she has never known, where she finds a new direction in life and teaches him to be a better prince along the way. Stars Merritt Patterson, Jack Donnelly and Samantha Bond.
Sunday, Jan. 15
Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Disney Channel, 9am
In this new preschool series, Mickey and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald rev up for a madcap car-racing adventure. Each has a uniquely transforming vehicle that takes them on races around the globe as well as hometown capers in Hot Dog Hills. NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon recur as racecar drivers Jiminy Johnson, Danni Sue and Gordon Gear, and additional guest stars include Jay Leno, Tim Gunn, Patton Oswalt and Gordon Ramsay.
Tennis: Australian Open
ESPN2, 7pm Live
The first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2017 takes place in Melbourne as early-round action begins at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic looks for a career record seventh Australian Open title, while Angelique Kerber hopes to follow up her US Open win with a repeat in Melbourne. ESPN and ESPN2 share tournament coverage through Jan. 29.
NHL Hockey: Minnesota at Chicago
NBCSN, 7pm Live
Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild are at Chicago’s United Center tonight for a battle with Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks.
The Simpsons: “The Great Phatsby”
In the first ever hourlong episode for the long-running series, now in its 28th season, Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Burns seeks revenge on the producer with the help of Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), rapper Jazzy James (guest voice Keegan-Michael Key) and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline (guest voice Taraji P. Henson). Also, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is courted by the richest kid in town, while Smithers (Shearer) begins a perilous journey and Marge (Julie Kavner) opens an obscure boutique store.
The Librarians: “And the Fatal Separation”
When the Monkey King’s sacred homeland of Shangri-La is taken over by a ruthless collector of magical artifacts, the balance of the Universe is put in jeopardy, forcing all the Librarians to come together to help save the imperiled land — at what could be a terrible cost.
First Family of Hip Hop
In the 1970s, the Robinsons rose to fame as the family behind Sugar Hill Records, the label that put rap on the map. Now, a new generation of Robinson brothers, sisters and cousins is rising up and jostling for control of the famed label. And while the ultimate goal is to breathe new life into the Sugar Hill legacy, by developing new sounds and finding the freshest voices in music, the Robinsons may find that their biggest obstacles to success are each other.
The Young Pope
Paolo Sorrentino’s event series features Jude Law as the (fictional) first American pope, a chameleon-like Brooklyn-born orphan named Lenny Belardo who proves more of a challenge than the cardinals who elected him had planned. Diane Keaton is droll perfection as Pope Pius XIII’s surrogate mother, Sister Mary, while James Cromwell crackles with fury as Cardinal Spencer, Lenny’s embittered mentor who feels the papacy is rightfully his. Episode 2 premieres tomorrow with new episodes airing Sundays and Mondays.
Victoria on Masterpiece
Follow Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), who was her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).
Season 6 returns to the U.S., picking up several months after Carrie (Claire Danes) thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin. Now back on American soil, she has begun working to provide aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The new season will tackle the aftereffects of the U.S. presidential election (a woman is to take office). The entire season takes place between Election Day and the inauguration. Guest stars include Hill Harper (Limitless), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Patrick Sabongui (The Flash) and Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie).
Elementary: “Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown”
In the new episode “Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate a clown’s murder upstate, and they discover a connection between his death and the creation of a new weaponized virus.
An unexpected event gives Alison (Ruth Wilson) reason to celebrate, while also provoking a sobering realization. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her considering the unthinkable. Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) frustrations with Alison come to a head, ultimately producing a personal deconstruction, and a radical truth.
Top Secret Beaches
Travel Channel, 10pm
Each episode (another one airs Jan. 22) explores and ranks 10 unique beaches, from the majestic rock formations of Hawaii’s Honopu, to the bright blue waters of Sardinia, to the stunning glacial ice-covered black sand of Iceland’s Jokulsarlon, and others.
Investigation Discovery, 11pm
Dialing 911: If you’ve ever done it, you know it’s the most harrowing phone call you’ll ever make, signaling a life-changing — possibly life-ending — moment for you, a loved one or a stranger in need. Investigation Discovery’s new series Murder Calls delves into the crime-solving power of those chilling calls, as authorities wring clues from the audio to bring killers to justice.
Monday, Jan. 16
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live
Enjoy some Martin Luther King Jr. Day college basketball with Marquette at Butler, Creighton at Xavier, DePaul at St. John’s, Seton Hall at Villanova and Providence at Georgetown, all on FS1. ESPN offers Syracuse at North Carolina and Kansas at Iowa State.
Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala
The CW, 8pm
For the second year, in a strategic partnership with Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival, Howie Mandel presents some of today’s top comedians in a night of hilarity. Comic heavyweights Jay Pharoah, Iliza Shlesinger, Russell Peters and JB Smoove will perform, and the two-hour special will also showcase comedians Alonzo Bodden, Jo Koy, Matt Donaher, Ryan Hamilton, Gina Brillon and Tom Papa.
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is always big for the NBA, and it offers one of the most anticipated matchups of the season as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Golden State Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch. TNT’s second game has Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder at Chris Paul’s L.A. Clippers.
Big changes are coming for the Duggar siblings on this new and exciting season. Jinger and Jeremy’s relationship is still on the fast track as they plan their wedding for 1,000 guests in only three months.
The Odd Couple: “Batman vs. The Penguin”
Guest Star Alert!
Murph (Geoff Stults) gets Oscar (Matthew Perry) to agree to participate in a regular TV segment where he competes with a penguin at the zoo to predict the winners of hockey games. Former professional hockey player Luc Robitaille guest-stars as himself in the new episode “Batman vs. The Penguin.”
A group of nine affluent millennials shares a luxurious summer house in the Hamptons’ town of Montauk, N.Y. The group includes sexy identical twins, a perpetual bachelor, a former male model, an Iraq War veteran and an alpha female, who are all prepared for a summer of boozy brunches, beachfront thrills, rosé parties, charity galas, bonfires, jaw-dropping hookups and, of course, drama.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
The series returns with more tricked-out trucks courtesy of Heavy D and Diesel Dave. This season, among other creations, the team at DieselSellerz puts together extreme diesel trucks for former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch and actor Chuck Norris.
Timeless: “The World’s Columbian Exposition”
NSA’s time-traveling trio of Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter) once again are in grave danger. Terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) had kidnapped Lucy — furious that she saved the son of the man who founded Rittenhouse. Flynn sets his course for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Rufus and Wyatt quickly follow. At the fair, “we’ll meet Harry Houdini, who was performing there as an unknown magician, and America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes,” says executive producer Shawn Ryan. Flynn lures Rufus and Wyatt into Holmes’s “infamous murder castle, a diabolical death trap devised to capture and slaughter his victims,” executive producer Eric Kripke teases. Whoever survives this latest mess will have plenty more historical adventures waiting for them through the season. On tap for future episodes: Jesse James and his assassin, Robert Ford, in the Old West; Charles Lindbergh and Ernest Hemingway in pre-World War II Paris; Sen. Joseph McCarthy in Washington, D.C.; and back in the Windy City, a showdown with Al Capone and Eliot Ness.
Independent Lens: “What Was Ours”
Join a young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess as they travel with a Shoshone elder to reclaim their tribe’s lost artifacts.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN college basketball coverage features Kentucky at Mississippi State and Michigan at Wisconsin, while ESPN2 airs Texas at Baylor.
NCIS: “Off the Grid”
NCIS star Rocky Carroll directs the new episode “Off the Grid,” in which Gibbs (Mark Harmon) assumes his former alias and goes undercover with an anti-government militia to capture an NCIS Most Wanted suspect.
American Housewife: “Surprise”
When Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) tells his parents that he doesn’t want a birthday party because he’s ashamed of their modest house, Katie (Katy Mixon) decides to teach him a lesson.
Fresh Off the Boat: “The Best of Orlando”
When Louis (Randall Park) is named Small Businessman of the Year, a proud Jessica (Constance Wu) invites everyone they know to the awards ceremony — only to be left out of Louis’ acceptance speech.
No Tomorrow: “No Sleep ’Til Reykjavik”
The CW, 9pm
Xavier (Joshua Sasse) is shocked to discover that his asteroid research has been validated, while an unaware Evie (Tori Anderson) takes a solo journey to think about her future. The CW never said the series was canceled, but they also didn’t order any additional episodes, so the charming series will probably come to an end tonight after just 13 episodes.
Friday Night Tykes
Esquire Network, 9pm
Season 4 returns to Texas to document some of the most competitive youth football teams in the nation, taking an unfiltered look at the 10-, 11- and 12-year-old divisions of the Texas Youth Football Association and the Snoop Youth Football League.
This Is Us: “The Big Day”
A frazzled and emotional Rebecca (Mandy Moore) forgets Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) birthday as the birth of their triplets approaches, and Dr. K. (Gerald McRaney) wonders how he’ll continue after the loss of his wife.
Frontline: “Divided States of America”
Examine the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country. The episode continues tomorrow night.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
The Milwaukee Bucks visit the Houston Rockets in the first game of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader. The second game has Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to the Bay Area to take on former teammate Kevin Durant, now with the Golden State Warriors.
Speechless: “S-I—SICK D-A—DAY”
Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) and Maya (Minnie Driver) get sick, so Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) plays Mr. Mom while Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) helps JJ (Micah Fowler). When Jimmy proves a natural at Maya’s duties, he tries to hide it from her so she doesn’t feel even worse.
People’s Choice Awards 2017
CBS, 9pm Live
CBS airs the People’s Choice Awards from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honoring fans’ favorites from the year in entertainment. Among the top nominees are Kevin Hart, Drake, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Captain America: Civil War and Grey’s Anatomy. Ellen DeGeneres is nominated for three People’s Choice Awards.
black-ish: “Good Dre Hunting”
Bow (Tracee Ellis-Ross) convinces a begrudging Dre (Anthony Anderson) to try therapy to cope with his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan (Daveed Diggs) steps in as the Johnson kids’ life coach.
History launches the eight-episode first season of its Navy SEAL Team Six action drama tonight, following a team of America’s elite warriors as they deal with dangerous missions overseas, and personal and family drama at home. Tonight’s episode begins in Afghanistan in 2014, where events during a SEAL mission have profound consequences for the entire team. Barry Sloane, Walton Goggins, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Brianne Davis and Nadine Velazquez star.
Thursday, Jan. 19
U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBCSN, 5:30pm Live
The best figure skaters in America compete at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the national championship and a spot on the U.S. team for Worlds. NBCSN airs the pairs and ladies short programs tonight. NBC, NBCSN and Universal HD combine to televise the event live Jan. 19-22. NBC airs the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition Jan. 28.
The Good Place: “Mindy St. Claire/Michael’s Gambit”
Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) are faced with a huge decision. Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil) help Michael (Ted Danson) face his biggest challenge yet.
Mom: “Good Karma and the Big Weird”
Guest Star Alert!
In the new episode “Good Karma and the Big Weird,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) encourages Christy (Anna Faris) to pursue Marjorie’s (Mimi Kennedy) charming nephew — played by guest star and Faris’ famous husband Chris Pratt — despite the fact that he’s been declared off limits.
Dinosaurs: Mysteries at the Museum
Travel Channel, 9pm
What happened to the dinosaurs still remains somewhat mysterious. Don Wildman travels to Utah and participates in a dig for newly found dinosaur bones, and then takes a road trip through the Midwest to see where they lived and what they left behind. He also challenges myths at the American Museum of Natural History about some of the most well-known dinosaurs that walked the Earth.
Zach Galifianakis returns as rodeo clown Chip Baskets for Season 2 of the FX comedy. Losing his wife and his job, Chip jumps on a train to get out of Bakersfield, but a gang of punks, the police and a sudden death drag him right back into the drama he tried to escape.
Friday, Jan. 20
Many of the usual news networks will be on hand as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Along with the formal swearing-in ceremony, viewers will likely see, on some networks, coverage of America’s new first couple attending inaugural balls, and other festivities. Check your local listings to verify just when, and for how long, coverage will air on your network of choice.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors hit the road to face James Harden and the Houston Rockets, followed by Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles to take on Luol Deng and the Lakers.
Dr. Ken: “A Day in the Life”
Ken (Ken Jeong) gets his moment in the spotlight — and then a serious case of the doubts about his career — when the producer of a health-related documentary series (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown) follows him around to capture a typical day at an HMO.
Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand)”
Guest Star Alert!
Lou Diamond Phillips guest-stars as an aggressive U.S. Marshal in the new episode “Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand).” Five-0 will have to deal with him when a man wanted for murder escapes capture and seeks asylum in the sovereign land belonging to the Nation of Hawaii.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?”
The CW, 9pm
Trouble blows into West Covina when the Santa Ana winds gust into town, causing everyone to act strangely.
Alicia Keys — Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Grammy winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York, including on a Circle Line boat tour, the Unisphere and at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Saturday, Jan. 21
CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
CBS and FOX combine to televise some of Saturday’s best college basketball action, including Vanderbilt at Florida (CBS), Providence at Villanova (FOX), Texas at Kansas (CBS), Marquette at Creighton (FOX) and Arizona at UCLA (CBS).
Idina Menzel and Nia Long headline this modern update of the beloved 1988 paean to the resilience of female friendships. Broadway and Frozen star Menzel takes over Bette Midler’s CC Bloom role, warbling new versions of the film’s signature ballads “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.”
NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Cleveland
ABC, 8:30pm Live
This Saturday night NBA game on ABC has LaMarcus Aldridge leading the San Antonio Spurs against LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.